Senate Bill 1676
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on May 23, 2019
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
May 23, 2019
Latest Action
May 23, 2019
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
1676
Congress
116
Policy Area
Health
Health
Primary focus of measure is science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; health services administration and funding, including such programs as Medicare and Medicaid; health personnel and medical education; drug use and safety; health care coverage and insurance; health facilities. Measures concerning controlled substances and drug trafficking may fall under Crime and Law Enforcement policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Maryland
Missouri
No Senate votes have been held for this bill.
Summary

Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019

This bill addresses Medicare coverage for and access to treatment for chronic kidney disease. Specifically, the bill modifies provisions related to coverage by (1) allowing certain Medicare beneficiaries who have End Stage Renal Disease to enroll in Medicare supplemental policies, and (2) establishing new Medicare payment structures for renal dialysis services. Among other changes, the bill (1) provides for alternative payment methodologies for certain new drugs, biologics, and devices that are renal dialysis services; (2) revises quality measures; (3) establishes an incentive payment methodology; and (4) increases access to kidney disease education services.

In addition, the bill requires information sharing between hospitals and renal dialysis centers in some circumstances as well as federal studies on issues related to kidney disease, including the use of palliative care and ways to increase transplantation rates.

The Department of Health and Human Services may also award National Health Services Corps scholarships and loan repayment to nephrology health professionals.

Text (1)
Actions (2)
05/23/2019
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
05/23/2019
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
May 24, 2019 5:27:15 AM
Updated
Feb 12, 2020 4:51:38 PM